These are MBR’s best-rated bikes of the year. Full-on 10 out of 10 modern classic mountain bikes. We’re pretty picky when it comes to dishing out our Editor’s Choice awards. There are just eight bikes making the grade this year. Only the creme de la creme makes the cut. Welcome to the bikes of MBR Editor’s Choice 2020…

Transition Spur joins the downcountry mountain bike wave. Sporting modest amounts of suspension travel but not shying away from aggressive geometry.

Third-generation Evil Following includes a jutting jawline that’s sharper-edged, a seat tube brace for improved standover clearance and internal cabling.

Since its introduction in 2015, the Calibre Bossnut has been the entry-level full-suspension bike by which all others are measured.

If you crave ultimate performance, and personal service from a local shop, the Nukeproof Reactor 290c Elite is the bike to get

Radon Slide Trail 9.0 includes a carbon composite front triangle, alloy rear end, full Fox suspension and the latest Shimano 12-speed drivetrain.

The Trek Procaliber 9.7 crossed our finish line first because it’s the fastest bike on test. And in XC racing, that’s all that counts.

Does the new Santa Cruz Hightower version have the same significance, or will it simply languish in the shadow of the Santa Cruz Megatower?